Babies love to listen to the sound of your voice, so talk about what you are doing as you go about your everyday jobs. To learn language, babies need to hear thousands of words each day. Repeating words and phrases is good too. The more words learnt as babies and toddlers, the more learning will be easier once they get to school.
It’s never too early to start sharing stories. Point out the pictures and encourage your baby to babble.
Choose books that feature familiar objects to name.
Ask lots of questions such as ‘Where’s the…?’, ‘What’s that called?’, ‘What’s she doing?’, ‘How did that happen?’, ‘What happens next?’.
Encourage your child to join in or finish phrases with stories they know well.
Discuss things you both liked/didn’t like and why.
Point out signs and words all around you: on food packets in the supermarket, on buses, in newspapers, in recipes, on road signs, etc.
Play games like ‘I spy’.
Go for a walk and talk about what you see together.
Keep adding new words to increase your child’s vocabulary.